As world leaders observe the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings, few people know just how different World War II could have been if Hitler's aides had the courage to wake him up from a nap.
According to a News Corp report, this decision may have had a massive influence on 20th century history.
As dawn broke on June 6, 1944, Germany was still in with a strong chance.
According to the News Corp report, America’s famous battlefield commander General Eisenhower knew this. Despite his confident words to troops on the eve of his greatest adventure, he had quietly prepared an “in case of defeat” letter.
But when detailoed of the Allied landings emerged, Hitler was asleep.
This simple hesitation by cowed staff may have cost Germany, if not victory, a tremendously advantageous negotiated peace.
According to the report, Germany’s reserve tanks and troops — which could have responded within minutes — instead sat and waited. The 10,000 border troops hiding in their pillboxes and trenches were left to hold the line alone as 175,000 Allied troops steadily waded ashore.
When Hitler finally roused himself to take action the belated orders came as Allied troops had reorganised after their chaotic push up the beaches.